Bad news for the big Spaniard.
Pau Gasol was diagnosed with a torn plantar fascia in his right foot Wednesday, indefinitely sidelining the 7-foot Spaniard at a key point in the Los Angeles Lakers' belated rally to get in playoff position. Gasol felt a pop in his foot Tuesday night late in the Lakers' 92-83 victory over the Brooklyn Nets. An MRI in Boston revealed the injury.
The Celtics play the Lakers tomorrow night.
At the moment, Howard's availability for Thursday night's nationally televised matchup with the Boston Celtics remains unclear; if the big man can't go, the Lakers will likely go to battle against their longtime rivals planning to play plenty of small-ball lineups featuring the likes of Earl Clark and Antawn Jamison logging heavy minutes, Metta World Peace guarding Boston's centers (including Kevin Garnett) and liberal doses of rookie Robert Sacre.
Stop me when you've heard this before. Under .500, star player just hurt, but on a winning streak. The Lakers have won 3 in a row and 6 of their last 7. So they won't exactly be a pushover no matter who plays in the post.
That said, I don't think the Celtics need any motivation to get up for a game with the Lakers.